Kory Barnett Hired at West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Darian DeVries has been on the job as the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers and very few details have leaked out about what he’s doing behind closed doors to assemble his roster and coaching staff.

Over the last couple of weeks, it was revealed that Nick Norton (who came from Drake with DeVries) will serve as an assistant coach/director of player development, Nelson Hernandez (who previously worked at Oklahoma State) will be the director of player personnel/recruiting and most recently, that former Illinois assistant coach Chester Frazier will be the Associate Head Coach of the Mountaineers.

Now, according to Jeff Goodman, Kory Barnett will join the staff as well. Barnett, who just finished his 4th season as an assistant at Nevada, spent 6 seasons under Steve Alford at UCLA before that. According to his bio at Nevada, “Primarily focusing on Nevada’s defense, Barnett has helped the Pack reach exceptional heights on the defensive side of the court throughout the 2022-23 season. Nevada consistently ranked within the top-five of the Mountain West in numerous defensive statistical categories during the entire season.”

Barnett graduated from Indiana, where he earned his degree in sports communication in 2012. The Rochester, Indiana native and his wife Sarah have two sons, Brooks and Blake.

In addition, it was announced by Jeff Goodman that Trent Michaels will remain on staff as the Director of Basketball Operations with the team. There are still two remaining assistant positions available on the staff. Names that have been been mentioned include former WVU players Da’Sean Butler and Darris Nichols, as well as Akron assistant Rob Fulford.